I am extremely surprised right now. Never in my wildest imaginings did I ever think my post on Fallout 3 would generate so much traffic – and quite a bit of dislike, it seems.
So, in order to clarify myself (because I realize that a lot of stuff I left out of the original post was clear to me but not exactly clear to other people) I’ll address a few comments that have been made here and elsewhere.
First off, I know that gamers everywhere will scream blasphemy and curse me for ever calling myself a gamer for saying this, but I’d never even heard of the Fallout series until I saw the teaser trailer for Fallout 3 last year and started reading up on it. And I’ll give you the same reason I’ve already given elsewhere: I’m purely a console gamer and have been for most of my life. Any computer games I played were games that my dad bought and, sadly, he never brought home Fallout. Also, keep in mind we come from a fairly small city in the western US and at the time the Fallout games came out it wasn’t exactly hopping with electronics and game stores. Then I ended up overseas for a few years which meant I had to deal with the selection at my base BX (if you have any military experience at all you know exactly why that’s a significant factor here).
Second, because I’m pretty much just a console gamer I’m very much used to the structure of console games which, I gather from people who play more of both computer and console games than I do, have a different general structure than computer games. I realize that computers can run more complex games than a console can so my amazement at Fallout 3 having so many endings, even if they are just permutations, is due almost entirely to the fact that I’m used to console games with only about 10 endings or so – max. The way things are done in the Fallout universe is completely new ground for me. Yet another reason I find this new game so intriguing (and why it’s my most anticipated game coming up this year).
I would also like to point out that I’m not judging this game solely by the teaser trailer. It was enough to get my attention, which is what teaser trailers do. If it hadn’t been as cool as it is I would probably not have been quite so interested. By this point I really just want to see a new trailer with gameplay video. I’m getting a bit tired of drooling over screenshots.
If you’ve got anything to say about this series feel free to comment. I want to hear more about it and the more I hear from people who’ve played it, the more I want to play. I welcome your insight and, you never know, you may just be turning somebody else on to the series. I’m all for spreading the gaming love.